Qasr Aseikhin

 Year AH

Year AD

 City

Country

Name

Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca

8th century

 Desert Castle

 Jordan

Qasr Aseikhin

 Mecca
 

GPS Coordinates: 31°56'46.14"N 36°57'6.91"E

This Qasr is located north-east of Azraq in a remote part of Jordan, on the top of a hill. It sits atop a steep, prominent limestone hill with a basalt cap, which is visible from quite a distance. However, the hill on which the Qasr stands was used by the Nabataeans in the first century AD and then by Roman occupation. The Qasr was built over the Roman / Nabataean ruins.

The site is in poor condition, and has been severely damaged by looters who seem to have used bulldozers to search for treasure. The Qasr is made of dark stone and can be seen in the photos below. There is an external mosque with a mihrab, plus two entrances from the north and east sides, and the remains of minaret alongside the end east wall. (Creswell) The mosque shows evidence of being reconstructed.

Once again this site needs extensive excavation before the history and qibla direction can be firmly established. An expedition is planned for 2018.

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